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Protecting Our Water with PoopBuddy PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Water is a precious resource for every species on Earth. We’re fortunate because in North America, we have many water resources. But, probably because we have the ability to turn on a faucet and pour ourselves a cup of water, we tend to take it for granted. It’s a resource we should be fiercely protecting, and if you have pets of any kind, it’s part of our responsibility to care for resources.

Most of our contamination comes from humans. But, dog waste is the third largest cause of water pollution.

Every gram of dog poop becomes home to 23M fecal bacteria. Bacteria seeps into the soil, are absorbed by groundwater, washed into storm drains, are filtered through the waste-water treatment system and flow out the tap.

If that's not enough reason, Seattle Public Services estimates, "there are bacteria and micro-organisms in pet waste such as Roundworms, E. coli, and Giardia that can make people sick if they’re ingested. Some can last in your yard for as long as four years if not cleaned up." When pet waste is eventually washed into the storm drain it ends up in lakes, streams or marine water, and people can accidentally swallow bacteria and other disease-causing organisms while swimming or playing in the water.


Last Updated on Friday, 08 November 2013 15:57
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The Health Benefits of Pumpkin for Pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Tuesday, 29 October 2013 03:41

Fall is upon us and with it comes flavorful aromas, a chill in the air and... pumpkins!

Pumpkin is one of nature’s super foods. Its high moisture content makes it especially valuable to animals who refuse to drink enough water. Adding moisture-rich foods, such as pumpkin, can help diminish the effects of dehydration and reduce heat in the body.

This does not mean you should save that dried out, crusty leftover pumpkin that you carved up and placed in front of your door two weeks ago. You should only use the freshest of pumpkins (hopefully organic) for your pets. Remember, if you wouldn’t eat it, your pets probably shouldn’t eat it. Go buy a fresh pumpkin from your local, organic farmer's market and use this helpful guide to prepare a beneficial pumpkin puree for your dogs or cats. And if you're not up to making it yourself, you can buy it ready-made for pets thanks to Fruitables Pumpkin Dog Digestive Supplement

No matter what you choose, you should seriously consider adding this to your pets diet.

Digestive Support

Fiber is one of the key benefits of pumpkin, and pureed pumpkin can help pets with both diarrhea and constipation. It only takes a small amount to help – for example, consider adding ½-1 teaspoon per 50 lbs of body weight twice a day. This benefit extends to quieting upset stomachs and helping with indigestion.


Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 20:52
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Top 7 Threats to Pets on Halloween PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Saturday, 26 October 2013 00:00

Quite frankly, Halloween is a pet parent's most dreaded holiday. It's not a lot of fun for our pets either - there are little two-legged creatures running around dressed as monsters - ringing the doorbell, chasing them down streets, uncomfortable costumes, and loud noises that often go unexplained.  This is why it's so important for you to prepare your pets on Halloween - because even things you use every single day can turn into a threat or a potential problem.

Candles

Pet arson is no laughing matter. Really, it's not. Over 1,000 cases of fires set by pets walking past, or knocking over candles, are reported every year and this can result in tragedy. If you have pets, you should never use candles. Period. Many fires are accidentally set by animals each year. Avoid candles in your home if you have any type of pet. Not only are they dangerous for the obvious potential of fire, but the scented candles can be very harmful to birds and even to us. If you're looking for the ambiance of candles, try using electric candles. Technology has come a long way and there is really no reason to invite tragedy by using candles in jack-o-lanterns or in the home. Here are some 12-Pack Tealight LED Candles with Flickering Flame for use in jack-o-lanterns, and here are some Everlasting Glow LED Ivory Wax Candles With Drip Effect that would look great on your mantel.


Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 05:36
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Preparing Pumpkin Puree for pets PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:00

The preparation of pumpkin puree for pets is a simple process, and in doing it yourself, you eliminate the problems associated with commercial preparation. Not only can you avoid unnecessary additives and preservatives, you will save money and be assured you are providing the best product for your dogs.

Why would you want to make a pumpkin puree for your pets? Simple. Because pumpkin is one of nature’s super foods. Its high moisture content makes it especially valuable to animals who seem determined not to drink enough water. Adding moisture-rich foods help diminish the effects of dehydration and reduce heat in the body. It's also rich in fiber, which can help quiet upset stomachs and eliminate both diarrhea AND constipation in pets. (You don't need to feed a lot of it to get these benefits - a teaspoon or so for a 50-lb dog will do just fine). Pumpkin is also low in fat, rich in antioxidants, and is a great source of Vitamin A, which helps support urinary health.

Once you have your puree all prepared, you can either hand off a spoonful to your pet, mix it into their food, or bake some healthy treats for your dog. Our favorites are Pumpkin Pretzels for Hungry Pups and Pumpkin Peanut Butter Wafer Treats (just click on the links for the recipes)!

So, now that you know the reasons for doing it, here's how to do it:


Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 20:57
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Grieve the Loss of a Family Pet With These 5 Steps PDF Print E-mail
Written by Stacy Mantle   
Friday, 11 October 2013 00:00

Who hasn't wept at the end of "Marley & Me" or "My Dog Skip?" The death of a pet is devastating, whether it's on the big screen or reality. Pets are beloved companions that are part of the family, and their loss is greatly felt. Use the following guide as a way to honor their life and handle grief after losing your four-legged companion.

Emotional Prep

Emotionally preparing for your pet’s end-of-life will help ease the burden when it actually happens. The Pet Loss Professionals Alliance provides a tribute guide for planning ahead for the loss of your pet. If you know the end of life is near for your pet, reflect on your pet's life with your family. Print out the guide and mark down special memories for a tribute page that includes your pet's:

  • Favorite food
  • Favorite activity
  • Favorite place to sleep
  • Something they disliked
  • A few special memories
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